Sam & Max: Season 2

Telltale has new episodic series for E3

Graphs going up with 1 million sales so far.

Telltale Inc. plans to unveil a new adventure series at E3, following the million-episode-selling success of Sam & Max, Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People and Wallace and Gromit.

Sam & Max Season 2

Sam & Max Season 2

Episode five and the season as a whole.

And so the second episodic adventure with Sam & Max comes to a close. The final episode - What's New, Beelzebub? - is very much of a piece with the previous entries in this season. That's to say that it's exquisitely written, packed with some of the best humour ever seen in games, but curiously disappointing as an actual game.

There's no faulting the presentation, the only persistent technical grumble is some sluggish loading times, but the criticisms have become wearily familiar over the past few months. Once again the action revolves around the same old street, with a few remote locations to jaunt between. This time it's Hell, with the Freelance Police entering the underworld to rescue the souls of all the characters who have died during the season. Of course, this means that pretty much everyone to have crossed their path gets to come back, including Hugh Bliss, Brady Culture and Santa Claus, and there are also some brief excursions to miniaturised locations from episodes past.

What is more troublesome is how routine the actual gameplay has become. With that in mind, rather than simply reiterating the same praise and criticism for the final episode, consider this a look back at the season as a whole, how the episodic format is working out, and the implications it has for gameplay.

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Sam & Max confirmed for Wii

Sam & Max confirmed for Wii

Port of first PC season, due autumn.

After months - over a year, in fact - of speculation and fan demand, Telltale Games has confirmed that its episodic PC comedy adventures starring Sam & Max will be coming to Wii this year. Gamespot broke the news, and Telltale gave it the thumbs up.

Although Telltale originally said that it was the download services of current-generation consoles that interested them, it seems that the Wii Sam & Max - a port of Season One of the PC games, comprising all six episodes - will be a box copy "on store shelves". Dreamcatcher and The Adventure Company will publish the game in the US, and JoWood will bring the game to Europe - complete with French and German dubs, and Spanish and Italian subtitiles.

The long-standing fan campaign for a Wii version was said to be a major factor behind the Wii release. More details are promised later today.

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Sam & Max names, dates

Season two ends in April.

Telltale Games has listed the names and release dates for the next three episodes in the second season of Sam & Max adventure games.

Sam & Max S2E1 released

Demo available.

Telltale Games has released the first episode of Sam & Max: Season Two, Ice Station Santa, and of course there's a demo to go along with it.

Get a free Sam & Max episode

Get excited about Season Two.

Telltale Games is so excited about Season Two of Sam & Max that it is giving away a free episode from the first series. But that's suicide!

Sam & Max return this year

Season two starting in autumn.

The second season of the episodic Sam & Max adventure game series will kick off in the autumn, Telltale Games said this week.